Mr. Siraj Hussain joined the IAS in 1979 and was allotted Uttar Pradesh Cadre. He served the Govt of Uttar Pradesh in various capacities including District Magistrate, Managing Director, UP State Industrial Development Corporation, Registrar of Cooperative Societies and Secretary to Chief Minister. In the Government of India, he has worked as Joint Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution and Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Food Corporation of India (FCI). Several schemes of Modi 1.0 Government were formulated under his supervision as Secretary, Agriculture. In 2016, he was awarded Honorary Doctorate by Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University, Andhra Pradesh. Since his superannuation in January 2016, he has been working with ICRIER as Visiting Senior Fellow where he is engaged in research on various aspects of Indian agriculture and food processing. He has authored several research papers on agriculture and rural economy. His columns have been published in Bloomberg Quint, Business Today, Business World, DNA,Economic Times, Financial Express, Hindu BusinessLine, Indian Express, Mint, Money Control, the Print, Rajasthan Patrika, Dainik Bhaskar, Newsclick and the Wire etc. .